Today is Lent Fast Day

Abdella from Ethiopia

Today please join us in prayer as we remember those communities living in poverty around the world and especially those who do not have access to a nearby safe water supply. We remember Abdella and his community in Ethiopia who must walk for many hours to collect water each day. We have online Stations of the Cross at 11am every Friday during Lent so please join us click here to register

This Lent will be particularly hard for many families because of lockdown. We have all missed the things we enjoy doing: – going out for a meal, drinks with friends, going to the cinema, theatre, concert, or a football match, even a haircut! So, this Lent instead of giving something up why not donate the money you would have spent on these activities to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal.

£10 can buy sturdy water containers so families can store water safely.

£40 can bring safe drinking water to a hard-to-reach school.

£198 could buy bikes for a team of three water engineers to service water pumps in remote communities. 

£750 can give a community water supply.

You can donate online here Family Fast Day – Lent 2021 | CAFOD

Or you can donate by text- Text LENT 5 to 70460 to donate £5, or Text LENT 10 to 70460 to donate £10* or LENT 20 to 70460 to donate £20

*Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message you’ll be opting in to hear more about CAFOD’s work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text LENTNOINFO to 70460.

Or you can also call our donations team on 0303 303 3030 to donate by credit card.  

Many thanks in advance for your generous support .

The long walk for water

Staying connected this Easter and beyond…

Fr Liam saying our first virtual mass assisted by CAFOD staff

Fr Liam saying our first virtual mass assisted by CAFOD staff

For many of us, this Easter Sunday will look very different to the ones we’ve had before and although we cannot gather in person, there are lots of ways to come together with our Catholic community around the world during these difficult times.

From joining CAFOD’s Facebook community group to watching our live Easter Sunday Children’s liturgy, joining our online talks, and using our Easter prayers as a way of praying outside of Church liturgies and services – there are so many ways to get involved.

Soup lunch at Our Lady Immaculate Westbour

Soup lunch at Our Lady Immaculate Westbourne

Only a few weeks ago, parishes, schools and communities across the country came together for our sixtieth annual Family Fast Day.We heard some great stories about Lent lunches and suppers and we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who joined us. Your support will mean that we can continue to support local experts around the world, which is especially important in the coming weeks and months as the number of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise in the African and Asian countries where we work.

We know that the impact of COVID-19 on countries with weak health care systems will be devastating for communities with limited availability to vital hand washing and hygiene facilities.  However, we refuse to be overwhelmed by the task ahead – already our country teams working with church agencies, and their respective government health authorities are reaching out to vulnerable families with critical information on how to keep safe.

Hand washing in Uganda

Hand washing in Uganda

We’ve learnt from our Ebola experiences in Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Sierra Leone that the role of faith, traditional, and community leaders is pivotal in reinforcing hygiene messages, and making sure that people understand what to do if they feel unwell.And thanks to support from across Portsmouth Diocese we will be able to continue to stand alongside these organisations during these challenging times.

As Linda Jones from our Theology team wrote in her blog about ‘signs of hope in a time of crisis’, like snowdrops in January, or daffodils in spring, we all will have seen and experienced signs of hope.It would be great if you could share with us at  the things happening in your community that have given you hope this Holy Week.

Lent Fast Day Soup Lunches – Thank You So Much!

Soup lunch at Our Lady Immaculate Westbour

Soup lunch at Our Lady Immaculate Westbourne

Many thanks to all those parish volunteers who organised a soup lunch or supper on Friday 6th March Lent fast day. We really appreciate all you do to raise funds for CAFOD and to enable your fellow parishioners to put their faith into action and show their love and concern for those living in poverty around the world.

As Jesus said “In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me” (Mt. 25: 40)

Thank you to Susan Kelly our parish volunteer at Our Lady Immaculate Westbourne for sending us the photo of their soup lunch.